Many elder women begin to face issues such a pelvic organ prolapse (POP), which can happen years after undergoing childbirth, a hysterectomy or menopause. POP is a condition where the pelvic muscles weaken over time, causing vital organs like the uterus, the bladder or the rectum to fall down into the vaginal area. As a solution to this problem, many doctors began to implant a hammock-shaped piece of vaginal mesh to hold organs in place and to support the vaginal wall.
Risks & Problems
Over the years however, many Transvaginal mesh complications have risen and studies have shown that the procedure can actually cause more risks and problems than without the vaginal mesh. Back in 2008, the FDA issued a warning stating that women who underwent Transvaginal Mesh revision surgery were not properly informed on the possible risks and health hazards. The FDA then release another warning in 2011, stating that the injuries were no longer rare, they were in fact common.
The manufacturing companies that produce Transvaginal Mesh have now been ordered to conduct safety studies. In the past, mesh was successful in repairing hernias so many just assumed that it would for vaginal repairs as well. Unfortunately the mesh was never tested for this purpose and it is has come to light that vaginal mesh can actually cause severe and painful complications. A study conducted by the FDA showed that in most cases, the vaginal mesh contorts and/or shrinks after it is implanted which can cause severe pain, especially during intercourse.
Of all mesh surgeries, vaginal mesh implants are by far the most dangerous because the sharp edges of the mesh have been known to cut through surrounding organs including the bladder and the vaginal lining. Vaginal mesh is also responsible for many cases of organ perforation, infection, internal bleeding, prolapses, neuromuscular problems and vaginal scarring. Studies have also been conducted which show that vaginal mesh does not actually cure the symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse, so the surgery is not repairing the original problem but actually creating larger problems. Medical experts even go as far to say that complication with this product are inevitable.
Thousands of Lawsuits Filed
In 2010 alone, there were 75,000 Transvaginal Mesh surgeries. Out of that number, more than 10% of the surgeries failed. In fact, many women have to undergo a number of revision surgeries to fix the problems that the first surgery caused. Removing all the mesh is not always possible in some cases and it can be in fact very painful because the skin grows in and around the mesh over time. Vaginal mesh complications and recalls date all the way back to 1990 and have grown to this day. Now there are thousands of lawsuits that have been filed as a result of Transvaginal Mesh injuries. Between the years of 2008-2010, thousands of injuries were reported and even seven deaths caused by the mesh product.
Countless lawsuit cases against the five manufacturing companies: American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific Corp., Johnson & Johnson Ethicon, Bard and Coloplast, are being consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL) because many encompass the same injuries & characteristics. If you or a loved one has experienced serious complications and injuries from Transvaginal Mesh surgery, then you have the right to pursue fair compensation. You may be able to recover restitution for any pain and suffering, time away from work, medical expenses, future medical treatment and even your overall reduced quality of life.
Here at Mukerji Law Firm, we can help you maximize your injury claim and help recover the full amount of compensation that you are legally entitled to. Contact our Houston personal injury attorneys today for a free consultation!